Apparently it takes 21 days of repetition to make a habit so I am trying to make a habit of bringing my lunch to work. I know the only way to make this work is to find fabulous recipes that don’t take ages in the morning and are as lovely as getting food on the outside.
I have figured that I spend between £3 – £7 per day on getting so so food from outlets such as Pret a Manger. Now do the math – that means at the top end I am spending £140 a month on food that really does not rock my world; so what is the point? I want to save money but still enjoy myself so I am not going to be totally rigid about bringing my lunch. I have decided that maybe once a fortnight I will allow myself a lunch date with a friend.
I started bringing my lunch this week and it did not go too badly –
On Sunday I prepped; made homemade pesto and gazpacho. With a food processor it took all of 1.5 hours. I made so much that I froze two portions of pesto and a big tub of gazpacho.
I guess all this cooking is making me a Food Savings Account. The more I cook the more I will have in my freezer to pull out in a moment’s notice. I will be a domestic goddess in a few weekends!
Tuesday night I attempted to bake savoury muffins and having not baked more than chocolate chip cookies, they did not turn out the fabulous light morels they were supposed to. I have revisited Delia’s recipe; I think I know where I went wrong so am going back into the kitchen.
A side benefit, I am finding by coming home to cook and add to my Food Savings Account is a sense of accomplishment. I am not sitting in front of the tv watching reruns of Sex and the City, but it is on in the background but while I listen to dialogue I have hear a hundred times before, I am making food. It is a great feeling when you can look in your freezer and see lots of delicious food that you made, not some factory. No trans-fats or preservative worries.
I will be posting my list of Sexy Packed Lunches as soon as I work out the kinks in the recipes and am satisfied that they are sexy and as good as getting food on the outside. I am a bit picky so please be patient.